Top 10 Sewing Hacks

sewing objectsSewing tips and hacks are in place to make the life of individuals who sew for a living or as a hobby easier. Below are 10 important sewing hacks that can be used to increase a person’s skills, keep things more organized or speed up the process.

1.Hand Stitching Guide

When looking for a way to sew hand stitches that are evenly spaced use a sewing machine to machine-baste a straight line of the required stitches and then use these stitches in the form of a guide for the hand stitching. The stitch lengths should be set on the type of hand stitch chosen. Now pull on a few of the machine stitches each time and hand sew following on the holes that have been left behind.

Alternatively, the machine stitches can be left in place and then pulled out once the hand sewing is complete. Machine stitches can serve the purpose of guides for various hand stitches like herringbone stitch, topstitch or blanket stitch.

2.Simplified Tailor’s Tack

There is another technique for tailor’s tacks which offers a way to hold threads more securely compared to the traditional methods. Once the pattern pieces are cut out, use unknotted contrasting doubled-thread in the hand needle. Now take one stitch that passes through the tissue pattern and the layers of the fabric.

Now from the other side take the needle back through the pattern and fabric and cut thread tails that are long in length. The next step involves lifting the tissue pattern off of the fabric allowing the tails to pass through. Now turn the fabric over use a different thread color and use a second stitch that goes over the first in the same technique leaving behind the long tails. Now pulling the layers of fabric apart, the one set will stay stitched onto the top layer of fabric while the alternative set will remain stitched onto the bottom fabric layer. These threads now mark a clear position for sewing that can be viewed from either side.

3.Why Two Safety Pins Are Better Than Just One

Many sewing enthusiasts pull cording or elastic through a type of casing. For this technique some people make use of a safety pin to guide it through. However, in some cases the cord or elastic at the start point can end up going into the casing. This is when it becomes a complex task to weave backwards and it usually means the individual has to start all over again. To avoid this issue use another safety pin for securing the tail of the cord or elastic to its casing.

4.How To Make A Button Shank Out Of Thread

When using flat buttons for thicker fabric, it is advisable to create button shanks out of thread. To do this start off with threading the needle using thread that is a double strand. The next step involves taking one stitch at the placement mark for the button on the fabric’s right side. This will hide the knots underneath the buttons.

Now take the stitch through each button as one would normally do but avoid pulling this thread tight. Follow this up by selecting a spacer that ensures ample room between the button and the fabric. When using thinner fabrics use a toothpick or pin and when using the thicker fabrics use a thin pen, chopstick, darning needle or bobby pin. Place the spacer underneath each button between these holes and then tug on the thread from the sewing needle to secure the spacers as well as tighten up the thread. Follow up by sewing on the buttons in the traditional manner.

Once the button is securely sewn making sure the needle is on the fabric’s underside remove the spacer ensuring the stitch remains taut. Now bring the needle through the fabric and then the button and wind this thread around the sewn stitches until a shank has been created. For a finished look, especially when using the larger spacers, use blanket stitches that are closely spaced around these threads opposed to just winding threads around this shank. When finished make sure the thread has been secured closely to the shank.

5.Extreme Makeovers

Shop consignment or resale stores that sell used shirts for men can be used for this type of project. Take the shirt and cut off the sleeves, cuffs and collars and open up the side seams. Now press all the items flat. Now lay a simple blouse pattern over the remainder of the shirt and use the existing hems and button plackets.

One can make a scoop-neck blouse by adapting the neckline in order to take advantage of the original button placements. From the original shirt shorter sleeves can be cut out and in most cases there will be sufficient fabric left over to cut out a new self-facing that will be for the neckline. Pockets can also be repositioned and dependent on the fit of the original garment, one can keep the yoke and shoulders of the shirt and only adapt the length, sleeves and neck.

6.Tape Guide Using Topstitch

One can sew straight top stitching onto fabric without any markings by using masking tape on the fabric in order to establish the top stitching guide. All that is required is to stitch along the tapes edge and then remove this tape once finished.

7.Hem Guide Using Silicone

Hem guides made out of metal can be uncomfortablly hot when pressing the hem. To avoid this issue, use one strip of a silicone pot-holder. One can make these strips out of a whole pot holder and cut the strips into various sized hem guides. The iron will not harm the silicone and they will always remain cool.

8.How To Stop Disappearing Ink From Vanishing

To stop air-soluble disappearing inks from fading away to fast apply Scotch Magic Tape onto each mark. In addition, when pulling off the tape, there will be no residue left behind. This takes far less time for removing the tape compared to having to reconstruct these marks.

9.Marking A Hem Without A Helper

To mark hems without helpers take a string and stretch it tightly across the length of a doorway to the desired height for the hem and now tape or tack it onto the jamb on each side. Now dust bath powder over this string. Now with the garment on brush up against this powdered string which will transfer a dusting onto this garment at the exact right height. This is ideal for coats, dresses and skirts.

10.Using A Crotchet Hook To Remove Basting

Crotchet hooks are fantastic tools to remove any basting threads, open seams or ease up stitching threads. Use the rounded-point to get underneath a stitch and then the hook to remove the threads. This technique stops the dangers of snagging the threads fabrics or cutting an accidental hole into the fabric. This is usually a risk when using a seam-ripper. It is best to use a size 9 hook but smaller hooks work just as well.

Sewing machine needle working part, detail and accessories, modeThis article is meant to show you how to get started in sewing if you have the desire to sew but have never sewn before, or are new to sewing.

The information is fairly simple and gives you much needed information on simple matters and techniques of the sewing skill that you will need to get you started. I hope you will find this information helpful and informative. And I hope you learn to love it as much as I do.

Of course you will need at least a basic sewing machine. Your circumstances are going to detrmine whether you will go with a big fancy machine or a good beginner one with the basic tools. I used to just sit and sew with my momma’s machine. I learned pretty quicky on it and I was only four years old. Keep that in mind if you have children, especially little girls. They are not too young to learn as long as you are there with them and you teach them to be safe. I took to it and loved to do it, even at a young age. So don’t underestimate a child’s desire to take it on as a hobby.

To begin, you will need pin cushions, a measuring tape (sewing tape), pins, and sewing needles for the machine. It may sound over whelming but these items are small and simple as well as inexpensive. There are lots of places that sell a sewing kit. Walmart is a good example and they won’t break the bank with a starter kit. It will have everything you need to get started, and if you get one you will see how effective it is in getting the ball rolling with your sewing experience.

Once you have decided on the sewing machine and have it in your possession, you do well to read the manual and take a good look at the diagrams. They are pretty easy to read and will help you a lot. Don’t do as men do and throw it out. Use it for reference as well from time to time. Manuals for the machine usually have a troubleshooting section so you can refer to it if you are having a problem.

After you know how to install the needle and presser foot then you will be ready to sew. I recommend that you start with cotton fabric if you have not sewn before. It is easy to work with. You can try the different stitches on your machine and will gain great experience just from learning the various stitches that can be used when making clothes, purses, bags, or whatever you are wanting to design and create.

If things dont go as well as you thought and you get irratated, then the best thing to do is to just walk away from it until you calm down and are ready to go back to sewing. I have to do that sometimes and it works wonders. Just sit and sew until you feel comfortable with the sewing machine. And take a break every now and then so you wont feel burned out.

There are also lots of simple patterns you may want to check out. They have all types and sizes. Some are just straight lines and come together beautifully. You will want to read the instructions on the pattern peices and then look at the item you want to sew. The patterns are going to be on the instruction sheet. Learning to sew with patterns is some of the best practice with sewing, so be sure to put that as one of the first things on your list to get educated with.

Sewing takes time to become a great seamstress, but doesn’t take long to learn the basics. If you put your heart into it you will get the structure down pat and start moving on to greater and more complex projects. You are going to love to advance with it! I will try to post more on sewing tips and will try to appeal not only to the beginners but as well as the more experienced.

Sewing is not just a hobby but also a great practical skill. This is the reason that it has existed for centuries. Over the past few years, interest in sewing has been on the rise due to easy availability of tutorials, guides and other things that make it easy for beginners to learn and practice sewing. A number of models of sewing machines are available in the market ranging from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars.

Sewing for beginners is cheap as one can get started with a low cost sewing machine and there are hundreds of free sewing projects available online to practice. Many people take up sewing as they find the whole process therapeutic and it also helps them save money.

Sewing For BeginnersIt is also a great way to make your own gifts for others as handmade gifts are always more prized than store bought gifts. Another advantage of sewing is that it allows you to make a dress exactly as you want it. On the other hand, tailored dresses cost a lot of money. If you’re interested in sewing for beginners, here are a few tips to help you get started:

Get Your Hands on a Sewing Kit

One of the most important things you need to do when you begin sewing is to get a high-quality sewing kit and keep all the tools in one safe place. You will need a number of needles as well as various other tools and threads while sewing and keeping all the tools in box will prevent the needles and threads from getting lost. Make sure that the box you use for keeping your tools is big enough to hold all the threads, needles and other necessary things.

Professional tailors have huge number of tools and their collection may fill a few rooms, but as a beginner, you shouldn’t focus on collecting too many tools. Instead, your focus should be on completing easy projects in the beginning.

Always Sew on the Back

You always sew on the faded part of the fabric as it ensures that sewing does not affect the overall appearance of the fabric or clothes. When you sew on the faded part of the fabric, sewing won’t be visible.


There are a number of text as well as video tutorials available online for individuals looking to learn sewing. It is important that you take advantage of these tutorials to learn sewing the right way. Keep in mind that it is extremely important to start learning the right way as it is very difficult to change sewing habits at a later date.

You also need to take proper care of your tools. For instance, the scissors you use for cutting fabric should never be used for cutting paper, foils or other such things as it damages the edge of the scissors.

Overall, these are some helpful sewing tips for beginners. There is no dearth of learning material available online for individuals looking to learn sewing. You should start with simple projects and move on to complex projects only when you have gained enough confidence and have learned the right way to use the sewing tools.

As clothing items get more and more expensive, the easiest way of having a new outfit is to sew it yourself. All you need is a sewing machine, a piece of fabric, creativity, time and some patterns to choose from. You can always start with basic items such as shirts and tops, and work your way up to more complex stuff as you gain more experience. This article is going to explain you how to sew a shirt in a few simple steps.

The first thing to do is to print out the pattern, making sure the scaling is set to actual size. Next, you need to overlap the fabric with the printed pattern, and cut it carefully, following the shape.

Sew On A ButtonOnce you’ve got all fabric pieces, you have to pin them together. As this is the trickiest step, you may need to do and redo things several times until you get everything right. The easiest way to start is by pinning one of the yokes to the shirt back. Make sure the right sides stay together. When done, stitch across, pressing the seam up.

Next, you need to attach the shirt fronts to the back by pinning them at the shoulders. When you are ready, sew them together. When pinning the yoke lining, you need to position it face up, while placing the the shirt face down. Stitch them together, and then move on to attaching the collar pieces. The collar needs special attention, as you have to stitch it on the back of the fabric, and then turn it out and press it. If you want, you can apply a top-stitch.

When you attach the collar to the shirt, you need to start by matching its center to the center back neck. It needs to be even on both sides, and shorter than the facings. Now you have to fold both the facing and the yoke over. The collar is going to be sandwiched between the two. Pin it carefully along the neckline, and stitch it.

The yoke lining has to be pressed over the seam that attaches the yoke to the back of the shirt. You may also need to top-stitch it, in order to make sure it’s going to look good.

The sleeves are the last ones to attach. Pin them first, and then sew and finish them using the finishing technique of your choice. Before sewing the hem and the buttonholes, you need to iron your shirt, as this is going to ease your work a lot. If you don’t know how to make buttonholes, you can always apply snaps, as they can also look pretty good. Besides, they require less work than buttons, hence their popularity among sewing fans.

This is how to sew a shirt in a few easy steps. If you are a beginner, you may want to start with a easier project, as some of the above mentioned steps require some experience and skills you may not yet have.

Knowing how to hand sew is one of the basic skills that every person should achieve. It helps for making simple repairs to clothing and other fabric items as well as allows for small or basic alterations.

First and foremost, you need the basic tools:

– A sewing needle.
– Thread.
– Scissors.
– Fabric.

Hand For Sewing From Woman HandAdditional tools that can ease the learning process include:

– Pins to hold fabric in place while sewing.
– Removable fabric markers or dressmaker’ chalk to provide a guide on where to sew.
– A thimble to protect your forefinger against pricks.
– An stitch picker to undo stitches easily.

Cut a piece of thread about 30 cm’s (12 inches in length. Hold the tip of one end of the thread between the thumb and forefinger of your left hand if you are right handed and vice versa if you are left handed. Push the tip through the eye (hole) of the needle and pull the thread through for about 5 cm’s (2 inches).

Take the longer piece of thread and make a loop near the end. Place the tip of the thread through the loop and pull to create a knot as close to the end as possible. This will stop your thread pulling through the fabric as you make your first stitches.

Place the two ends of the fabric you want to sew together. You can use pins to keep it in place and mark the line you want to sew with fabric markers. Pierce through both pieces of fabric with the sharp end of the needle and pull the thread through gently, until it reaches the knot.

Pierce the fabric again about 3 mm’s from the original point of entry and pull the thread through to create the first stitch. Be careful to be gentle and avoid pulling the knot through the fabric. You can make your stitches as long or short as you wish. Shorter stitches are however preferable as they are more secure and provide a stronger seam.

Repeat this process, going through the original entry point and the second piercing 4 or five times. This will give you a secure starting point that is less likely to unravel.

Now pierce the fabric 3 mm’s from the end of your first stitch and then again as near as possible to the end of your last stitch and pull the thread through. This is called a back stitch and is the preferred stitch for seams and most other types of sewing. Repeat the process always progressing the same length of your previous stitches and ending at the end of your last stitch until you have reached near the end of your fabric or thread.

Go over your last stitch in the same way as your first to secure the end of your sewing. Place the end of the needle under the end stitches, create a loop in the thread and pull the needle through to make a knot. Cut the thread and voila – you now know how to hand sew.